The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) offers holiday shopping tips to help consumers protect themselves from substandard or even hazardous counterfeit toys, electronics, cosmetics and other products.
IPR Center partners Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and The Toy Association are teaming up to ensure consumers can make educated decisions when searching for the best deals this season.
Counterfeit goods not only cheat the consumer with substandard and potentially hazardous products, but the websites used can also put shoppers at risk of having their personal and financial data stolen for other nefarious purposes. Online shopping is particularly vulnerable to scams that trick the user into buying counterfeit and pirated goods.
Among the tips the IPR Center is providing for holiday shopping:
Source: New toolkit helps consumers avoid scams while holiday shopping | ICE
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